Variable HA17 : Asked for HIV test or was it offered to you

Type: Discrete
Format: numeric
Width: 1
Decimal(s): 0
Range: 1-9
Valid case(s): 3338 (3464.4)
Invalid: 2568 (2430.6)
Minimum: 1
Maximum: 9

File: wm

Women aged 15-49
Source of information
The eligible woman selected for interview


Value Category
1 Asked for the test
2 Offered and accepted
3 Required
9 Missing
Warning: these figures indicate the number of cases found in the data file. They cannot be interpreted as summary statistics of the population of interest.

Literal question
Did you, yourself, ask for the test, was it offered to you and you accepted, or was it required?
Interviewer instructions
The following questions aim to obtain information about the level of 'unmet need' for HIV-testing. They first ask about experience of HIV testing. Voluntary testing and counselling are now encouraged, in the belief that if a person knows his or her status, he or she is more likely to adopt behaviours to prevent contracting the virus or (if positive) transmitting it. Many of those who get tested do not return to learn the results of the test, but the proportion of those who return should rise as the quality of pre-test counselling improves. It is important to obtain an estimate of the number of those tested who return to learn the results, in order to monitor this proxy indicator of the quality of available counselling and the level of demand for such services. 


If the respondent has been tested for HIV, we want to know whose idea it was to get the test. There are three options, so read the entire question before expecting an answer. Perhaps the respondent asked to be tested for HIV. Perhaps a health worker offered to test the respondent and the respondent accepted being tested. Perhaps the test was required for some reason.
Circle the code corresponding to the response. If the respondent got tested because her partner asked her to do so, you would circle '1', corresponding to 'Asked for the test', because she got the test of her own volition, in response to someone asking her to do so. This would be the case if a girlfriend or boyfriend or spouse or other concerned person personally asked them to get tested. If the respondent was offered the test during a normal health centre visit, for instance, and the respondent accepted the test, this would be coded as '2', 'Offered and accepted'. By 'required', we mean formally required. For example, an employer may require their employees to get tested for the AIDS virus. If so, you would circle '3' for 'Required'. Also, some countries require applicants applying for work permits or applicants applying for visas to show proof of an AIDS test.
Generated: MAR-03-2008 using the IHSN Microdata Management Toolkit